It’s sad to read about the widespread devastation in the Philippines.
UPDATE: Most useful for librarians in the Philippines, the Philippine Library Association Inc. (PLAI) has placed a call for action. More info here.
Even though I was born and raised in Kentucky, I still have many relatives on both sides of my parents who were fortunate enough to be spared from the destructive aftermath caused by Typhoon Yolanda. My mother’s side mostly resides in the northern provinces and my father’s side is found in the smaller islands south of Mindanao. However, there is much that needs to be done to rebuild Tacloban City which was the hardest hit. There is a long road ahead as many know with recent natural disasters as survivors struggle for food, water, medicine, and communication.
The National Library of Medicine has activated the Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) to provide access for healthcare professionals and libraries to assist professional aid workers in disaster areas.
Shai Coggins also has a great post about how to support the Philippines.
You can also donate directly to the Philippines Red Cross here.
The NY Times has an article about how to help as well.
I also have to say that I am extremely touched by everyone, such as my friends and co-workers, who have asked about the well being of my family.